William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
Milwaukee County Police Department
These diaries are a mixture of work and family affairs of William Bramwell Sizer. William was on the Milwaukee Police Department and a member of the Sherman Street Methodist Episcopal Church, later transferring their membership to Kingsley Methodist Episcopal Church and died in 1916. The diaries give a pretty good view of life in the years involved. The diaries were given to me for presentation on this site by family members see contributors page.
40 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Shower at 7:15 AM. Clearing toward noon. Warmer. SW wind. Checks this morn. Change day: Heinemann on N. Dist. Max Stewart comes back from Eng. 13 to 22. Pinter, 2700 Fond du Lac moves out of saloon. to 1213-27th St. Ed. Welter celebrates the event by running his flag up half mast & treating everybody.
47 deg. E. Wind. cloudy. 70 deg. at noon. Heavy thunderstorm with rain at mid-night. Asked perm. to go to Wechselbergs office this AM. Went to Wechelbergs office at 9 AM. Paid Mortgage & came back to beat at 9:55 AM. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:45.
30 deg.N wind. Cloudy. Cold & chilly. Orders to be at Deutscher Club at 1:30 PM in dress coat & white gloves. Pres. Roosevelt expected at 2 PM. Went to
Deutscher Club at 1:30 PM. Sat there in press club rooms until 4 PM. Staid there till Pres. Roosevelt had gone. Then marched to Plankington House & was sent home. E.L. Rally at Sherman St. Church. Lois & Mrs. Josie Sizer came. Walter brought them home with him.
21 deg. NW wind. Fair. Heavy frost this Morn. Met Heinemann on 21st & Hadley at 2:35. 2:45 went to Sta. Gor Warr for 3 boys, Chas.Potratz, Arthur Schultz, & Wm. Tank. Dopke had Warr for Herm. Gies. I met Gies & arrested him at 5:45. The Warrants were sworn out by N.H. Munes, RR detective. Minnie & I went to Sherman St. Church this eve.
30 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Raw wind. Very chilly. Met Heinemann at Center & Fond du Lac at 1:45 PM.
40 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Light snow early this Morn. Lois & Mrs. Josie S. go home on 7:30 AM train. Court at 9 Am with Chas Potratz, Arthur Schultz, Wm. Tank & Herm. Gies. P.H. Casey, RR detective, wtiness. Schultz & Tank fined $5.00 each. Gies $10.00. Potratz cont. till Wed. 2:45 PM. Miller brought a warr. for Emil Strauss. Went to his place. Arrested him. Went to Sta on chrge of A&B. Morris & the whole of the new Jerusalem, comps.
Went to Sta. at 6:30 PM. Got orders for election. Lieut. JK told me not to go to court in the morn.
40 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool wind. Went to 34th & Elm St. to election booth at 6 AM. 35 votes cast. Left the booth at 7:12 PM. Went to Central Sta. & was home at 8:15
42 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. 12:30. Fire at Wis. Furn. Co. 31st & Fon du Lac. $5.00 damage. Probably caused by boys smoking. In Juvenile Court with Charles Potrazt at 2 PM. After the nearing, I was appointed Probation Officer & the case held open from day to day. Went to Sta. Got a Milk Warr. for A Schultz 1134-22nd St. Notified him to be in Sta. at 8 AM.
46 deg. W. wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Got up early & spaded garden. In court this morn. with A. Schultz 1134-22nd St., Milk Warr. H. Kehl, Comp. Fined $25.00 & costs. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:40 PM. Met Heinemann at Eng. 22 at 2 PM
44 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Chilly wind & growing colder. Rain at 2:45. Rain all PM & E.
45 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain all night. Rain & damp this AM. Thunder shower at 12:45 PM. Showery all PM.
42 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Heavy thunder storm during the night. Growing colder. Hail like marbles fell this AM. Easter Sunday. Put on overcoat this PM. Commenced raining at about 2 PM. Rained all PM & Eve.
38 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Growing colder. Rain all forenoon. Colder toward eve.
High NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Warmed up & rained all day. Went to Sta. at 2:45 for mail.
36 deg. High Northerly Wind. Cloucy. Rain. Change day: Schroeder on N. Dist. at noon. Drew for Vacations this morn. I drew No. 5. 10th to 20th of June.
35 deg. NE wind. Fair. Chilly wind. Fair. Chilly wind. Drill day: Went to Court House with release of Mtge. from Mory Wechselberg to Minnie Sizer. Back to beat at 4:40 via 12th & Hopkins.
30 deg. NE wind. Fair. White frost. Met Schroeder on car. Went to look at stone pile.
40 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warmer. 5:45 AM. Night Officer gro't a Warr. for Max Strehlow charging him with vagrancy. His mother as comp. I went to the house & got him out of bed & sent him to the Sta. Lives at 1094-24th St. Called wagon to 21st & Center ( Nick Name- Shot.). Court at 9 AM. Back to beat at 10:10. Met Schroeder at 27th & Fond du Lac Ave. 30 da. H of C.
45 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Shower during the night. Showers during forenoon.
42 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Oscar Kniel & son are building school house at 24th & Auer Ave. Comp. that their engine room was broken open & tools stolen sometime yesterday. J.L.'s birthday. 43 yrs. old.
NE wind. Fair. Cool. Colder toward eve. Snow flurries. Orders at 12:30 PM to take in Millers beat with mine. Miller went home sick.
35 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Very cool. In court with Emil Strauss, A&B. Morris Goldman, chief witness. Def. paid Costs. Met Schroeder on car at 21st & Fond du Lac. I cover Millers beat. Back to beat at 10:10 AM. Robt. Wegner 1612 1/2- Wright St., 20th Wd. $1.82. Baseball at Chambers St. Park this PM. The opening game. Mil. vs. St. Paul. 10 to 7 in favor of Mil.
30 deg. SE wind. Fair. Heavy frost. On Millers beat. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Went to Del. Mail & then to Ball game. 9 to 4 favor of Mil. We sat in assembly room at the Central until 10 min. to 4.
43 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Shower early this morn. Shower during forenoon. Damp all day. No Base Ball. Orders to go to the Prize fight at 7:45. Home again at 11:40.
40 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly wind. Cold all day. Mail at 1:45 PM.
32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frost. Rising Temp. Miller reported for duty this moen.
38 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising Temp. 1:40 PM. Arrested Harry Seckeer, 1129-24th St. at 23rd & Hadley on charge of disorderly conduct. He & Frank Raith were playing marbles with the small boys & were insulting every one that passed.
54 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. In court with Harry Secker. found Guilty. Fined $10.00 & costs or 30 days H of C. Back to beat at 10:20 vis 12th St. car. Shower at 3 PM. About noon the Res. of Wm. Horn 1174-27th St. was entered. $24.00 in cash & some small change was taken. I arrested Wm. Strey 1308-11th St. on Sus. but he was let go by Lieut. JK.
45 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cold & showery. Wind changed to east at 10:00 AM. Quite warm towards evening.
36 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rain. Warm all night. Colder this AM. Growing colder all day. Drill day:- & spring inspection. I got orders to get a new dress coat. Average Min. Temp. for month - 38 deg.